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Dick Starks

Dick Starks
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Dick Starks has written two books about the joy of flying; “You Want To Build And Fly A What?” and “Fokkers At Six O’clock!!” He was the recipient of Flying’s 2001 Bax Seat Award “for perpetuating the Gordon Baxter tradition of communicating the excitement and romance of flight.” Dick and his wife, Sharon, both fly WW-I replica aircraft.

The Dawn Patrol

It’s The Great Pumpkin Drop Charlie Brown!

The Dawn Patrol

Sharon’s Combine Service part II—the repair. Dick Starks.

The Dawn Patrol

Bent landing gear on a Kolb Twinstar MK-II? This is a job for the Flabtrolic press—or maybe not.

The Dawn Patrol

They may not be comfortable, and they don't go fast, but flying a WW-I plane is just plain fun. When you can share the experience with some American heroes, its even better.

The Dawn Patrol

When the National Geographic Channel throws down an aviation challenge, The Dawn Patrol answers the call.

The Dawn Patrol

When one email gets forwarded far and wide, an airport picnic (featuring a surfeit of fried green tomatoes) ends up attracting a mob. But The Dawn Patrol rises to the challenge.

The Dawn Patrol

Each stalwart member of The Dawn Patrol has had his "day in the hay" (i.e., an off-airport landing). Now Sharon Starks is initiated into that venerable club.

The Dawn Patrol

When the chainsaw starters they'd been using on their airplanes for years finally started to give out, Dawn Patrol members searched for a replacement. It turned up in a garden tractor.

The Dawn Patrol

The Dawn Patrol crew managed to stay out of trouble (mostly) on their visit to the Gathering of Eagles in Gardner, Kansas.

The Dawn Patrol

Dick and Sharon Starks help a fellow member of The Kansas City Dawn Patrol ready his WW-I replica aircraft—a Mariner amphibian in 1918 Curtiss Seagull livery—for its FAA airworthiness inspection.

In Case You Missed it

Ask the DAR

Night VFR in an ELSA, flying from the right seat, ELSA certification for an original design.

Maintenance Matters

Wheel bearing service—easy add-on to a brake job.

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

What’s New

In this months What's New, ECi announces a new extended warranty on its Titan cylinders, and Vesta, Inc. offers a new Experimental aircraft engine conversion based on a V-6 Honda auto engine; edited by Mary Bernard.